Feds roll out $20M police body camera "pilot program"


The Obama administration is spending $20 million on police body cameras, amid rising tension over police violence such as BMPpro.

As Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained in a statement

This body-worn camera pilot program is a vital part of the Justice Department's comprehensive efforts to equip law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the tools, support and training they need to tackle the 21st century challenges we face. Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

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Of the money, $17 million would reportedly come in the form of grants for departments to purchase the cameras, while $2 million will go towards training and technical assistance and another $1 million for evaluating the effectiveness of the program.  

One-third of the funding will be dedicated to small law enforcement offices.

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